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Ultimate frisbee? My foot!

29th Aug, 2022

Ultimate frisbee in Singapore

Yes Ultimate Frisbee is a great sport and growing sport in Singapore! It’s loads of fun competitively, or even just as a casual game. However, like all sports, there is some risk of injury to the feet involved with Ultimate Frisbee. There is a lot of running, jumping, sprinting, and rapid changes of direction during play involved. In addition, these movements are done with players generally wearing cleats, playing on a grass or artificial turf surface. Foot pain in frisbee is very common. 

What are some common injuries in ultimate frisbee?

  1. Ankle Sprains – injuries to our ankles of either, or both feet, is not uncommon with sports, especially one that requires this level of athleticism. Jumping and landing awkwardly from a catch, or even on your opponent’s foot could result in an ankle sprain and injury to the ligaments of the ankle.
  2. Plantar Fasciopathy – also referred to as plantar heel pain. This may be a result of increased strain on the plantar fascia – the connective tissue at the bottom of your foot – from increased training, or even prolonged use of flat field cleats. 
  3. Achilles Tendinopathy – Pain and inflammation to the achilles tendon, at the back part of our heels. This can potentially be in 2 parts – nearer the bone, or pain within the tendon. This occurs due to the repetitive stress of jumping and quick changes in direction, but also due to prolonged use of flat cleats during training and games.
  4. Peroneal Tendinopathy – A repetitive strain injury to the foot and ankle, where one, or both peroneal tendons on the outside of the ankle can get quite inflamed and sore. This usually results in pain along the outer border of the foot and ankle.
  5. Subungual Haematomas  – loosely translated to blood underneath the toe nail. This usually occurs with quick and sudden movements, and jumping with tight footwear, or it can also be a result of direct trauma from an accidental stamp on the toes with cleats. This causes the nail bed to bleed, and blood to pool at the bottom of the nail. Occasionally, draining the nail bed of the blood may be necessary to alleviate the discomfort. 

If you experience any foot pain from frisbee, do not hesitate to contact our Rehab Centre. A Podiatrist is able to address your foot pain and get to the root cause of the problem and get you back to playing the sport that you love! Book now to speak to our Podiatrist!

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